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  • East Asian Studies at UMass

    The East Asian Languages & Cultures faculty is a close-knit, friendly community of teacher-scholars that emphasizes the education of our students at all levels. Our students have gone on to graduate school in various fields of study and become professors; they have also found English-teaching jobs abroad, as well as jobs in business, publishing, government, and translation.


Korean Program Growing at a Fast Pace

February 28, 2018

In recent years, South Korea has taken a role as a key player in Asian-Pacific geopolitics, most notably with regard to the North Korean situation. In addition to South Korea’s diplomatic efforts,...

On the Importance of Studying a Foreign Language

October 31, 2017

Jake Russian at the Daily Collegian has written a piece on the importance of studying a foreign language, and the universities' role in that study. You can read the article by clicking here.

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Why study Asian languages?

In addition to becoming proficient in three of the most difficult languages in the world, our students learn how to think and write critically, how to present and discuss Asia intelligibly to others, and how to apply what they have learned here to their jobs after they graduate. Many of our majors spend at least a semester in an Asian country during their undergraduate careers so they also learn how to be sensitive to the cultural differences between Asian and American cultures—the most important step in becoming global citizens.

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